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July 11, 2014
12:08 EDTRAI, ITYBY, LO, BTILorillard jumps after confirming buyout talks with Reynolds
Cigarette makers Lorillard (LO) and Reynolds American (RAI) confirmed earlier today that they are holding talks about a possible acquisition of Lorillard by Reynolds. Wells Fargo predicted that the deal could be announced as soon as today or early next week. WHAT'S NEW: Lorillard and Reynolds American are holding discussions about a potential acquisition of Lorillard by Reynolds, the two companies stated this morning. The U.K.'s Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) said that it had held talks with Lorillard and Reynolds about buying assets from them. British American Tobacco (BTI), which has a 42% stake in Reynolds, expects to buy additional shares of Reynolds if the latter company acquires Lorillard, Reynolds reported. The British company would maintain its existing stake in Reynolds if it does buy Lorillard, Reynolds added. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Wells Fargo predicted that an acquisition of Lorillard by Reynolds could be announced as soon as today or early next week. The firm continues to believe that there is a 90%-plus chance of the deal taking place. Wells expects Reynolds to pay a 20% premium to Lorillard's closing price yesterday of $63.09. It reiterated Outperform ratings on both names. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Lorillard climbed 4% to $65.50 and Reynolds fell 2% to $61.
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December 15, 2014
06:27 EDTLO, RAILorillard, Reynolds investors to vote on merger on January 28, WSJ reports
Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) shareholders will vote on the proposed $25B merger on January 28, The Wall Street Journal reports. The FTC is continuing its antitrust review on the deal, and a ruling is expected in 1H15. Reference Link
December 8, 2014
08:25 EDTRAIReynolds American CFO change not related to negative event, says RBC Capital
After Reynolds' CFO retired, RBC Capital says that the CFO's retirement appears to have been planned ahead of time and does not indicate any problems at the company. The firm keeps a Top Pick rating on the shares.

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